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Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.
The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks.
The sensors, codenamed TURMOIL, operate as a sort of high-tech surveillance dragnet, monitoring packets of data as they are sent across the Internet.
When TURBINE implants exfiltrate data from infected computer systems, the TURMOIL sensors automatically identify the data and return it to the NSA for analysis. And when targets are communicating, the TURMOIL system can be used to send alerts or “tips” to TURBINE, enabling the initiation of a malware attack.
Personally, I cannot see how anyone finds this very alarming. With the other releases, this was a logical next step for them. George Orwell, you had it right buddy.
i enjoyed the little picture there, what's that? charlton heston with a laptop?
that's kinda the problem with all this, that pic is us saying we won't let go of the things that enslave us
it's funny because people think it's about personal empowerment but it's the other way aroundedit on 13-3-2014 by UNIT76 because: doomed
What's the alternative? Get rid of the internet? The internet has been the single greatest and most advancing piece of technology we have EVER invented.
reply to post by khimbar
But have any of them advanced us like the internet has?
Sure some of them gave birth to the industrial revolution, but all the information of the world is available to everyone at any time. All systems are now built on it, I work for the NHS and I can arrange ambulances at the click of a button.
That has been more beneficial and changing to our society than anything before it.
Yes, I'd argue even more so in some cases, for instance without semi-conductors there would be no internet.
I just don't think it's the most important invention ever. I imagine the way to compare is to imagine what would happen if they vanished tomorrow.
People could, if needed, live without it forever. There would be no great hardship.
I doubt they could live without sanitation, anesthesia, internal combustion, wheels, the alphabet etc quite as easily.
reply to post by sn0rch
a 1940's telephone sent audio.. and someone could 'listen in'
through the 2014 internet a person can open their garage door and start brewing coffee as they pull in the driveway..
..you think someone's not listening in, or doesn't have the capability to listen in? or start brewing coffee, or make your internet-connected-toaster tell you to buy catcher in the rye
it's *built into* the system
it always is
none of this is alarming, like the other humanoid stated
edit on 13-3-2014 by UNIT76 because: 1984 was written in 1948